“It’s always a challenge to be able to offer good-quality mangos year-round,” says Joep Jongmans of Special Fruit in Belgium. “We currently get our mangos mainly from South America. Most of the product comes from that region. That's besides Israel and several West African production countries. Brazil and Peru make up 60% of our total annual sales. These two countries are on the market now."
"The mango demand is also greatest around this time of year. That’s something that’s been happening for the last three years. The increasing availability from Brazil and Peru is meeting that demand too. Acreage is still expanding in those production countries. Lately, more mangos have been coming from other countries in the Caribbean region as well.”
“The variety we buy most from our growers is the Kent. If there are shortages in the market, we also get Keith. There are also the Palmer and Tommy Atkins. But there’s not much market demand for either of these varieties. It’s also difficult to ripen Tommy Atkins mangos. So, we don’t offer them. After all, we ripen all our mangos at our Special Fruit location. In this way, we can provide ‘Ready-to-eat’ products. We do the same with our Hass-avocados,” Joep concludes.